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Early warning signals for environmental and social change

November 26, 2014 by

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Earth systems are known to switch suddenly without warning. Take the weather for example, where one moment it could be a bright, sunny day and the next it suddenly transforms into strong winds and heavy rain of a severe storm. In the case of climate modelling of the West Antarctic ice sheet, recent research has […]

How modelling social behaviour can help prevent poor health choices

Key Points In a population a person may not necessarily copy the behaviour that’s popular, but the behaviours they interact with. Populations have a kind of memory that keeps them locked into the same behaviour, making it difficult to change even if the size of the social group competing with it is reduced. With data […]

Financial Crime, Corruption and the Global Financial Crisis: What is the role of regulation?

A multidisciplinary public workshop took place at Durham University early this summer entitled, ‘Financial Crime, Corruption and the Global Financial Crisis: What is the role of regulation?’ hosted by IHRR and the Global Policy journal. The event was facilitated by Professor Timothy Clark (Durham Business School) and Dr Eva-Maria Nag (Global Policy). It was well-attended […]

ESRC Festival of Social Science – Tipping Points in Health and Society

6th November 2014, 19:30 to 21:00, Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham City. Presenters: Prof Michael Goldstein and Dr Camila Caiado, Dept of Mathematical Sciences Health problems, from cardiovascular disease to the AIDS epidemic, present major social challenges that require new forms of intervention in health care. Modelling health problems provides a way to help […]

The spread of tipping point in academic journals

August 13, 2014 by

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There are many definitions of tipping point in use today, especially in the sciences. In academia tipping point tends to be used in different ways according to the discipline in which it is used, however, there are also some interesting similarities. Below are some examples of how tipping point is used in the physical and […]

Eco-tipping points and the power of narrative in literature

August 5, 2014 by

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A narrative is a story, a sequence of written or spoken words. It is in many ways the foundation that all literature stands upon, that makes language intelligible and shares understanding, whether it is a fictional or factual event. Thus if narratives of various kinds structure the imagined world, they also structure reality, our social […]

Short-term cultural memory and affinity pave the way for innovation

Recent research from the Tipping Points project led by Professor Alex Bentley, Dr Camila Caiado and Dr Paul Ormerod reveals the importance of cultural memory to the spread of innovation. For the study, published in the journal Evolution and Human Behaviour, the team investigated the role of memory in small and large populations using a […]

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